Chailey Repair Cafe – we have helping hands

As we enter the New Year, Chailey Repair Café celebrates having supported the local community by repairing nearly 200 items since it opened in August.

The café’s skilled fabrics team has completed repairs on antique and modern clothes and handbags. Bicycles have been given a new lease of life by the cycles team and our electrics and general repairs teams have tackled toasters, irons, record players, table lamps and much more, including a toy bulldozer!

Founder and coordinator Bryan McAlley said ”none of us expected this level of demand when we opened our doors for the first time last August – we have gone from strength to strength and are attracting visitors from all parts of East and West Sussex and Kent”. Bryan added “ on a personal level, I am so grateful for the support given by our Parish Council and local MP, but none of this would have been possible without the dedication and hard work by our remarkable volunteers!”

Bryan added “Our 2019 dates are easy to remember – we are open every 2nd Saturday of each month between 10am – 1pm. Free fridge magnets with all the dates on are now available at the café, so you won’t forget!”

Chailey Repair Café is part of a world-wide movement where volunteer experts repair things free of charge – although a donation towards running costs is invited. Anyone can bring along broken items or clothing needing repair from home, and have a cuppa and a cake while they wait!

Chailey Repair Café next opens at Chailey Parish Hall 10am – 1pm on 12th January 2019.

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